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That’s Cool! February 16, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.

Some of you might be interested in this article from MIT Technology Review about a recently developed fabric that helps keep you in comfort:

A new fabric, developed by a team at the University of Maryland, is the first to automatically warm wearers up or cool them down as needed.

When you’re feeling hot and sweaty—when playing sports, say— the fabric lets infrared radiation (heat, to you and me) pass through. But when you’re colder and drier, it traps the heat in.

To read more:  This new fabric will automatically cool you down when you get hot and sweaty

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Tippy Gnu - February 16, 2019

Sounds interesting. This fabric might become a new fad, until 20 years from now when they discover it causes cancer, or something.

nrhatch - February 16, 2019

That’s so funny ~ my thought exactly! 😆

2. Jill Weatherholt - February 16, 2019

I could definitely use this at my day job. My office is always freezing!

nrhatch - February 16, 2019

One material that I found both cooling and warming ~> silk. Does that make me a “bad” vegetarian? 😉

William D'Andrea - February 18, 2019

How can wearing silk made you a “bad” vegetarian? You don’t eat the spiders of caterpillars that produce it, (Eeew! Yuck!) do you?

nrhatch - February 18, 2019

Well, a vegan would say that buying silk adds to the exploitation of animals, akin to wearing leather or eating honey, because silk production requires those poor little silk worms to work all day (and night?) for less than minimum wage.

I’m not that much of a purist.

3. anotherday2paradise - February 16, 2019

I’d like my shoes to be lined with this. In winter my feet are always cold and in summer too hot.

nrhatch - February 16, 2019

Great material for socks too!

anotherday2paradise - February 16, 2019

Absolutely. 🙂

4. Perpetua - February 16, 2019

Pass, I prefer to use cotton.

nrhatch - February 16, 2019

Silk is good too!

5. L. Marie - February 16, 2019

I love this: “One thing that might make that more likely: the material can be knitted, dyed, and washed just like any other fabric, which should make it more attractive to the average consumer.” My knitting needles are ready!

nrhatch - February 16, 2019

Now you’re talking! And knitting & purling!

6. Joanne Sisco - February 17, 2019

My first thought was of menopausal women – hot, cold, hot, cold. It’s about time technology caught up with us 😉

nrhatch - February 17, 2019

Necessity is the mother of invention ~> I bet a menopausal scientist developed this new material! 😉

Joanne Sisco - February 17, 2019

Nay – unlikely. Who ever thinks of us older women? 😏

nrhatch - February 17, 2019

An older woman scientist! 😀

7. Ally Bean - February 17, 2019

Well where was that when I was all menopausal and hot flashy? Honestly, I do wish these scientist types would think of my comfort more often… and sooner.

nrhatch - February 17, 2019

Really! It’s quite inconsiderate of them to develop something so necessary after “your” need for it has passed. 😀

8. Debra - February 17, 2019

Wouldn’t this be great for so many practical reasons! It would certainly help us minimize our clothing needs. For those who love their shopping that might not be a bonus, but I like it! 🙂

nrhatch - February 17, 2019

Me too! A streamlined closet sounds great!

9. Val Boyko - February 17, 2019

Perfect for Florida heat and air conditioning 😎

nrhatch - February 18, 2019

Good point!

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